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Country of Origin: France
History: The Great Pyrenees was developed as a flock guardian in the Pyrenees Mountains. It is believed to be related to the other flock guardians from Asia and Europe, including the akbash and Maremma sheepdogs. In the seventeenth century, it became a popular companion of French nobility. The breed was first brought to the U.S. in 1824.
Physical Description: The Great Pyreness is a large, powerful dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. The wedge-shaped head has almond-shaped, dark brown eyes and a black nose and lips. The ears are small, V-shaped, and drop. The long, well-plumed tail is carried low or over the back. There is a profuse, medium-length coat that is white or white with badger, gray, or tan markings.
Height: 25 to 32 inches
Weight: 90 to 125 pounds
Temperament: This is a stable, loyal, and confident breed, affectionate and gentle with its family but protective and territorial. It tends to be somewhat nocturnal, resting during the day and guarding at night.
Activity Level: Moderate
Best Owner: This breed does well with a family in a rural or suburban home.
Special Needs: Fenced yard, leashed, training, socialization.
Possible Health Concerns: Bloat, entropion, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas
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